Al-Qaeda wants to portray Narendra Modi as enemy of Islam: US analyst

This video, the first from Zawahiri this year, should be taken very seriously, said US' top expert on counter-terrorism.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published:September 5, 2014 10:45 am
The creation of the group called "Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent" was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda's official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media sites including YouTube. The creation of the group called “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent” was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda’s official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media sites including YouTube.

Al-Qaeda, which has announced the creation of a separate wing for India, wants to portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an enemy of Islam and as such India should take its threat “very seriously”, a well-known American counter-terror expert said on Friday even as the US tried to downplay the terrorist outfit’s capabilities.

“This video, the first from (al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-) Zawahiri this year, should be taken very seriously. Al-Qaeda wants to portray Prime Minister Modi as an enemy of Islam,” ex-CIA analyst Bruce Riedel, who is considered to be one of the US’ top experts on counter-terrorism, told PTI.

“From its base in Pakistan and with its close links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, al-Qaeda is a dangerous menace to India,” Riedel said when asked about the latest video of Zawahiri announcing al-Qaeda’s creation of a new branch for the Indian subcontinent to wage jihad in India, including in Kashmir, Gujarat and Assam with the goal of establishing a caliphate and impose sharia ranging from Afghanistan to Myanmar.

Zawahiri had announced new branch of al-Qaeda called “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent”, “seeking to raise the flag of jihad, return Islamic rule, and imposing Sharia across the Indian subcontinent,” in the video which was posted on various social media websites including YouTube.

Reiterating that the new Indian government should take the threat very seriously, Riedel said that New Delhi should increase its counter-terrorism co-operation with the US and Afghanistan.

After the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, counter-terrorism cooperation between India and the US has increased significantly.

The US, however, is yet verify the authenticity of the video or the creation of a new wing of al-Qaeda.

“We haven’t been able to verify that yet. Obviously, we’re looking to see if there’s more information we can get about this here,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at her daily news conference.

“We also don’t regard this announcement as an indication of any new capabilities by al-Qaeda,” she said.

At the same time, she reiterated that the US remains committed to dismantling al-Qaeda anywhere that it poses a threat to the US and make sure that it doesn’t renew its threat to America.

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  1. A
    Sep 5, 2014 at 10:46 am
    Don't post comments by changing the name. And if you are so over sympathetic about Muslims then go and stay in stan.
  2. A
    Sep 5, 2014 at 10:48 am
    I don't thing if someone come and slap you, you would like to handover your posterior for further slapping. There will be retaliation.
  3. A
    Sep 5, 2014 at 11:06 pm
    This is been said by a person who sympathizes with ISIS? Any logic or rationale behind it?World knows who represents uncivilized crowd Junaidbhai
  4. A
    Sep 5, 2014 at 6:56 am
    Indian's are also ready to slaughter all these pig's....
  5. A
    Sep 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    muslims are their own biggest enemy.muslims know ABU SUFIYA never fully accepted islam.his son muwabiya tried to kill hazarat ali.hazarat ali offered truce and this cost him his life as his own supportet kharjites stabbed him to death during namaz.. muwabiya's yazid murdered hazarat hussein(hazarat ali's son) in the battle of karbala,iraq.
  6. A
    Sep 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm
    Yo hindu brothers, enough is enough of being a hian with his ahimsa policy. We have been sissified by this very mindset and nobody seems to acknowledge this fact. Believe me guys, the world is a nasty place. If you cant even handle the lowly sbags (muslims), how are you going to take on the mighty americans, english, germans, s and a lot more who takes a piece of your meat everytime you buy their products. Wake up guys. Merely relying on mantras to numerous gods alone is not enough. They have forsaken us all this while where millions of hindus are butchered by the s mughals for hundreds of years only to be followed by conniving british colonials who sucked us dry. We have lost everything including our self ideny and self esteem. Now, the only way forward is to rise brother. Wake up the sleeping lion in you and start roaring again. If only 1.2 billion indians wakes up and start kicking of all these s and reclaim back all our lost glory...The sooner the better. Sensitise yourself of the all happenings in your environment of all their devious agenda and whack them good and proper. Vande Mataram.
  7. S
    Sep 6, 2014 at 5:25 am
    India should do what she thinks is best for her interests and not listen to so called "experts", especially from the USA, who payroll ($3 billion annually) and supply the stani Army. USA looks after it's own interests, which include supporting the stani Army, and India should look after it's own interests which include dealing with daily cease fire violations by the stani Army.
  8. C
    Sep 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm
    Yes, that's right , there is no doubt how the fanatics will treat the secularists when they reach here! They will also have to run away without anybody to protect them.
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